The lifespan of a roof depends on the grade of its shingles and the climate you live in. A typical roof will last anywhere between 15 to 35 years and if you stay in your home for the long term, you can expect to replace your roof a few times in your life. Unfortunately, not many homeowners set aside a budget for roof replacement which is why there are more roof repairs than there are replacements.
Roof repairs are usually much cheaper than replacing your roof but the cost of repairing instead of replacing may build up over time and prove to be the less economical choice. If you are having difficulty deciding on replacing or repairing the exterior of your home, continue reading to find out more about the signs that replacement may be the better option.
The deck is the insulated layer found between your roof’s shingles and the plywood nailed to joists. Over time, shingles deteriorate and water begins to seep in and saturate your deck resulting in a sagging inward curve. There will be a bulge in your ceiling and this means it is only a matter of time before water begins to drain into your home.
As time passes, all homes are likely to have leaks somewhere which leads to unsightly brown spots on your ceiling. If you choose not to address it, the damage can get so bad that it can lead to severe problems. If the leak is bad enough, roof replacement may actually be cheaper than roof repair. Leaks can get behind walls and even below your floors, spreading damage all around your home if you let it. Should you ever see brown spots on your ceiling, there is a strong possibility of it leaking at other parts of your house as well.
Molds are a common problem for roofs with leaks, especially if the leaks reach the drywall. Molds can cause serious problems to your home and your health. It will also make it more difficult to sell your home until a roofing company properly addresses the problem.
A roof should always be sloped in such a way that allows water to run off of it and never pool. Pooled water is commonly caused by clogged drains and botched roof installations. If you choose to avoid fixing the problem, the shingles will begin to wear out unevenly and create even larger pools of water.
Shingles have different stages of deterioration. In the initial stage, they will be shedding granules which lead to clogged gutters. At the end of the final stage, they will have curled and buckled. Shingles that have shed out granules can still keep water out but once they buckle, leaks will begin to appear.
So should you decide to repair or replace your roof? You’ll have to decide that on your own but if your roof shows signs of at least 2 of the aforementioned problems, it may be better to get your home exterior replaced. Consult your local roofing company for better advice and an inspection of your roof.